Halsey Breaks Out Big In 2015

(Radio.com) A few weeks ago in a Radio.com staff meeting, someone mentioned that Halsey sold out Madison Square Garden. The fact that she had even booked a headlining date there (August 13, 2016) seemed surprising.

The last time she played New York City it was at the much smaller Terminal 5 club. It was completely sold out; it's obvious that lots of fans are connecting with her. Still, that seemed like a huge leap, to go from a club that holds a couple of hundred, to the world's most famous arena. But her album Badlands has a lot of potential singles; perhaps with a few more hits under her belt over the next few months, she'd be able to pack the joint.

But it turned out that her fan base is even stronger than we'd thought. As Halsey told Radio.com in an interview this year, "People believe what I'm saying, and they know it's not contrived, and they know I'm telling a story of experiences that have actually happened to me."

It's not even that she's going for some contrived marketing-team-concocted idea of "authenticity": as she puts it, "I think that the more candid and the more honest that I can be, the easier it is for me to walk into a situation and be comfortable, be myself. If I was lying to people all the time, I'd have to keep track of that. And that's one thing that I don't understand about a lot of artists: how they have to keep up with a brand that's been created with a manufactured idea, because that sounds exhausting! I can't imagine how you could do that. For me it's just easier to be myself." Read more here.

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